Tag: detective

Enigmatic Character Interview – Eva Thorne

Character Name: Eva Thorne Protagonist Age: twenty-something Nickname: I wouldn’t try to give me one if I were you Occupation: femme fatale turned detective Location: Highcrowne, capital of the Three Kingdoms, ruled by elves, dwarves and Avians, and where humans are either refugees or slaves Ethnic background: human, actually Solhan, but most people don't know the difference, and if they do know I’m Solhan they hate me more, so I don’t brag about it much Goal in life: to not turn into an evil necromancer, despite how tempting that is Family: Thorne dynasty of Solheim, former leaders of the Council of Nine ,turned refugees. Oh, and the ones who ended the world by summoning the Dead God Current conflict: the one and only good thing in my life, my big brother, Viktor, has been murdered...Read More

Genre-Blending: Is It Safe?

[featimage align="center"] I've sub-titled my website "Genre Blending Fun" because I'm not afraid to embrace my indecision. I mean my complexity as a person. I understand the marketing appeal of a genre. It's easy to know your target audience and their expectations--and meet them. But what if your audience is like me and wants the unexpected? I am a complex person whose interests range from sci-fi and fantasy to mystery, horror, thrillers, paranormal romance and more. I even like to read the classics. Dickens anyone? Plato? I know too much genre-blending would make anyone motion sick, but how much can you take before you need to get off the ride? Once upon a time the paranormal romance genre didn't exist. Harlequin format was the standard. That has changed in a big way. Who...Read More

Another 1941 Masterpiece

I re-watched The Maltese Falcon and realized I hadn't remembered a thing form the first time I saw it thirty years ago. My memory is slipping. At least it was like getting to watch it new! I loved the detective, Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart. He was always surprising me. I couldn't be in his head as you'd be in a novel, a I kept wondering just how low could this guy go? He robbed his femme fatale client blind, extorted more money from the bad guy she was hiding from… and then put them in a room together! The femme fatale was great too. At first, she seemed like a non-entity to this 21st Century gal, but then the extent of her unending and compulsive lying became clear, and I gradually...Read More